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  • Mitchell's early football win can help set tone for season

    Mitchell's bus ride back to Colorado Springs on Saturday wasn't all that exuberant. Kind of surprising for a team who in one week had equaled all of last year's win total. Following a pit stop to grab some food after their season-opening win at Arvada, the players were a bit quiet. "They were wore out," longtime Mitchell coach Archie Malloy...

  • Title teams bring validity to Colorado Springs' 4A squads

    Pine Creek coach Todd Miller might have phrased it best: "We're coming." There is no gap between Colorado Springs and Denver when it comes to 4A football. That idea was slammed shut last season in the wake of Pine Creek's 49-14 drubbing of Montrose in the state championship game. The Eagles went 12-2 - losing only to 5A programs Lakewood...

  • Small schools look to find consistent success

    It's hard to argue the success achieved by Florence over the years. By some, the Huskies' 8-3 mark a season ago could be viewed as a down year; previously, Florence went 12-1, 13-1 and 10-2, including a 2A state title in 2011. That pedigree comes virtually unmatched by any small school in the Pikes Peak region, even as Florence watched...

  • Top 3A squads beef up schedules to get to next step

    Had one play turned out differently, The Classical Academy could have played for a 3A state championship last December. For Discovery Canyon, the Thunder once again met an untimely end at the wrong possible time. And then there's Canon City, a perennial 3A playoff contender coming back down after four years at 4A. Class 3A sure had its...

  • Widefield grad WR Paul Browning making waves at CSU-Pueblo the way Vincent Jackson did at Northern Colorado

    What does a CSU-Pueblo wide receiver have in common with a three-time NFL Pro Bowler? When comparing the ThunderWolves' Paul Browning and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Vincent Jackson, the similarities run deep. Both are graduates of Widefield High School, both had their first 1,000-plus collegiate receiving seasons as juniors, and both played for...

  • Depth helps Cougars take opener

    It can be a miserably long offseason in high school football, grueling months of pad-cracking and bone-bruising work, all without a true scoreboard or real opponent. Bodies break down, spirits lag and the preparation remains ongoing. But during those days, Coronado coach Bobby Lizarraga can take a moment to remember it's not always the best...

  • New year for Pine Creek gives impression of last year's title team

    On Friday night, Pine Creek football celebrated the past, and then got a glimpse of what it hopes is the future. The defending Class 4A state champion Eagles hosted Pueblo Centennial in their first game since drubbing Montrose 49-14 in last season's state title game. Pine Creek picked up right where it left off with a 49-12 win at District 20...

  • High school football: 3 games to watch in first week around Colorado Springs

    Three games to watch as high school football season kicks off this weekend with Week Zero. Palmer vs. Coronado When: Friday, 7 p.m. Where: Garry Berry Stadium What to know: The Terrors are hoping to do at Class 4A what Coronado (now at 4A) did at 3A. After struggling mightily the last several years, Palmer is playing a mostly 4A...

  • Week Zero presents quick turnaround for football programs

    Fountain-Fort Carson wanted to be prepared. So what better way than scrimmaging against the defending Class 4A state champions. The Trojans and Pine Creek Eagles join a handful of Pikes Peak region football teams that kick off their season in Week Zero, less than two weeks after official fall practices opened. In order to prepare for the...

  • Football team-by-team capsules

    Team-by-team capsules for the upcoming prep football season.

  • Colorado AP preseason prep football rankings: Pine Creek leads Colorado Springs-area teams

    Here is The Associated Press preseason high school football poll. The poll includes first-place votes in parentheses, season Rec, total Pts and last week's ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers. Class 5A School Rec Pts Last Week 1.

  • Pine Creek DB Anderson will graduate early to attend Nebraska

    Pine Creek defensive back Avery Anderson earlier this month signed a grant-in-aid agreement with Nebraska, which will allow him to play football and attend school with the Cornhuskers in January. Anderson, who signed Aug. 1, will graduate in December from Pine Creek and start attending classes in Lincoln, Neb., in the new year. "It was an...

  • Palmer football coach Jeff Priestley ready to lead 'hungry' Terrors

    Jeff Priestley was at Palmer doing some house cleaning in April, dotting his I's and crossing his T's, the kind of minutiae that comes with taking over a football program. Eventually he strolled down to Wendy's to grab a bite when something caught his eye. He walked over to the Palmer practice field and watched several kids playing football....

  • Blog: Pine Creek, Fountain-Fort Carson scrimmage as Week Zero looms

    Finally. Almost-real football. Class 4A defending state champion Pine Creek and Class 5A perennial playoff qualifier Fountain-Fort Carson went head to head on Thursday in a scrimmage at Fountain-Fort Carson. This reporter’s diagnosis: Both teams like to hit.

  • Blog: Football conferences realigned

    The high school conferences are officially realigned now that the previous two-year cycle has come to a close.  With the prep football season less than a month away, take a look at the new high school football conference realignments. Plenty of teams have shifted around, breaking up old rivalries and setting the table for new ones.